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Old 05.02.2015, 15:52
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Viewing flats at the same price but in different Kreis' doesn't help me judge which would be more fun a place to hang out.
Kreis 5 or 4 are of course nice to hang out. But maybe also loud at night and it might be difficult to find an apartment there. Look, I live in Kreis 9, just ten minutes outside Kreis 4/5 and I can reach most of the interesting places in Zurich within half an hour or so. Trendy restaurants on a sunday? Bürkliplatz/lake within 20 minutes. Sat/Sunday we have night busses and so on. And Langstrasse isn't THAT exciting by the way.
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Re: Moving to Zurich March 2015

Can say from personal experience that Kreis 5 is reasonably quiet with the exception of that bit round the back of Pfingstweidenstrasse with the night clubs.
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OP, keep in mind no matter which Kreis you choose, Zürich is much MUCH smaller than London. It's not going to have the same flavor or vibe. Take ZH for what it is, appreciate what it has to offer, and enjoy your time here.
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Re: Moving to Zurich March 2015

Hi I from Central London (Bermondsey) and would advise you that this is nothing like London. forget nightlife. Try living in Zug which is a 20min train ride into Zurich. The taxation here is lower than in Zurich. Zug is full of Brits and expats. Plenty of restaurants and bars and an english sports bar. You will not find Shoreditch in Switzerland. If you love outdoor sports, this place is for you. When eventing an apartment, my advice is avoid busy roads because of traffic noise. In the summer the place hot with Mosquitos so you will need open windows. Always try for a lake view. Always lookout for sunny spots on the lake as some lakeside places have no sun depending on what side of the lake you are on. As mentioned by others your rent could be anything, there is no set rule here. Good lick!
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Hi I from Central London (Bermondsey) and would advise you that this is nothing like London. forget nightlife. Try living in Zug which is a 20min train ride into Zurich. !
I agree there is nothing like London in Switzerland. But advising someone who likes the vibe and edginess of London to live in Zug? Even if the taxes are low?!?!? 20 minutes is a long time in football ;-) and other activities too. And yer tax advantage gets nibbled away by higher rents and the cost of going to Luzern or Zürich for a good night out.

Seriously. I've read Murray Rothbard, I despise taxes violence and all that goes with them...but Zug? Ewww.

"It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world...but for Wales? (Or Zug) "
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OP, keep in mind no matter which Kreis you choose, Zürich is much MUCH smaller than London. It's not going to have the same flavor or vibe. Take ZH for what it is, appreciate what it has to offer, and enjoy your time here.
I feel like you are saying Zurich sucks, and Bern rules.

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Hi I from Central London (Bermondsey) and would advise you that this is nothing like London. forget nightlife. Good lick!
Because you don't know where it is, does not mean it is not here.

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Old 07.02.2015, 18:51
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I feel like you are saying Zurich sucks, and Bern rules.
But I didn't mention Bern anywhere. I think people hear NYC, Zurich and London mentioned together all the time (maybe due to high-end shopping?) but they have no idea how small Zürich really is. Rough populations:

NYC = 8.4 million
London = 8.3 million
Zürich = 350,000
Bern (since you brought it up): 123,000

Don't get me wrong, I love Switzerland and the charm its cities have to offer. But if you're coming from London and expecting a similar hip-hop-happening experience...I don't think that's realistic.
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Moving somewhere without visiting it once beforehand is kinda dumb dont you think? What exactly is stopping you from jumping on a plane and coming here for a weekend rather than wasting everyone elses time here?
Kinda dumb to assume I havent been to zurich before, I have. But a long weekend doesnt give you the info when relocating. Some useful info added here, some not so.

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Bizarre.
If the city is so small, then surely it doesn't matter if you are more than 20 mins out anyway? And asking what people pay is kind of useless unless you are asking a group of people who live in the same area. It's like comparing apples with pears.

Is your employer not providing you with a relocation consultant? And if not, why not?
I have to start somewhere, so getting an idea of what people pay in their kriess would help. if someone asked me about London, I could give then an idea on price in multiple locations. my employer is paying for 1 month, so as this forum is pretty useless Ill just pound the streets when I arrive.

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Old 08.02.2015, 18:29
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Some useful info added here, some not so.
Try areas near:
Hirschenplatz in Altstadt
Neugasse / Josefstrasse
Any WG full of grad students (best chance at fun and plenty around)

But in all honesty...Zurich is so mixed that you could live anywhere along a tram line and be near "action" within 5 minutes.
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Old 08.02.2015, 19:44
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... as this forum is pretty useless Ill just pound the streets when I arrive.
Perhaps you should re-read the thread? Several people have mentioned Kreis 4 and Kreis 5 as good places if you'd like something busy.

Since that's too much work for you I took a few moments to do a little research on your behalf. You said you want 50 sq m, under 2K a month, with an actual bedroom.

A quick search on comparis, which was mentioned in post #3, gives 169 total rooms or flats available in Kreis 4 and 5. Of those, 12 fit your criteria in terms of space and price. Average price is 1760/month. If you're willing to flex a bit more on rooms, size and/or price, you open up more options. This info really took just a few moments to find with a search. By the way, if you see a listing that says WG that means a room in a shared flat.

Homegate was mentioned in post #4 and also lets you search by location and narrow down using various criteria. Using the same info as above, I found 6 flats. They range from 1569-2000/month.

It's a good idea to pound the pavement anyway, no matter what info you get here. What you think is a cool area of town and what someone here thinks could be totally different. You may really want certain amenities or covered parking. Choosing a flat is always a very personal thing, imo.

Whatever you choose, please be sure you read the contract carefully before you sign. Not knowing the language is not an excuse later on if you want out of your contract or get stuck with unexpected charges. If you can't read German, consider having a colleague or friend review the language with you. Actually this applies to all contracts (phone, insurance, etc.) not just for your flat.

Good luck and happy hunting.
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I have to start somewhere, so getting an idea of what people pay in their kriess would help. if someone asked me about London, I could give then an idea on price in multiple locations. my employer is paying for 1 month, so as this forum is pretty useless Ill just pound the streets when I arrive.
Not really fair to say the forum is useless, there has been plenty of good information in this thread.

Anyway, whatever you do, don't take the advice to look in Zug, clearly that would not be right for you.

And if you're struggling with this, why not ask your employer for a relocation consultant to help when you arrive.
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Re: Moving to Zurich March 2015

It sounds like you'd feel right at home in Wankdorf
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It sounds like you'd feel right at home in Wankdorf
Nice. Except some folks weren't being so nice with the OP you have to acknowledge that.

I have been told I would fit in nicely in Wiggertal...
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I have to start somewhere, so getting an idea of what people pay in their kriess would help. if someone asked me about London, I could give then an idea on price in multiple locations. my employer is paying for 1 month, so as this forum is pretty useless Ill just pound the streets when I arrive.
You think you're the only one to have ever asked this question? Help yourself and look through other forum posts. There are dozens "Best place to live in Zürich" threads.

Or go to the property portals and just have a look for yourself for what the prices are like!
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Nice. Except some folks weren't being so nice with the OP you have to acknowledge that.

I have been told I would fit in nicely in Wiggertal...
It seemed like everyone was being nice, offering useful suggestions, guiding the op to good websites to check out. The comment about maybe being dumb wasn't so nice, but what more can you ask for?

Wiggertal - lame. Racist connotations...even if the person saying it doesn't realize it.
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You think you're the only one to have ever asked this question? Help yourself and look through other forum posts. There are dozens "Best place to live in Zürich" threads.

Or go to the property portals and just have a look for yourself for what the prices are like!
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Hi All

, or even a flat share would cool?
you could also regularly check this part of the Forum

http://www.englishforum.ch/property-offered/

you could also place your own ad, but you will need to have done 10 posts on EF first.

Good luck and welcome to the forum

ps sorry do not know Zurich, only pass through it occasionally & never overnight there

pps forgot to say if I lived in Zurich I would visit Grumpygrapefruit at his Cheese Stall in the Market

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so as this forum is pretty useless Ill just pound the streets when I arrive.
Lovely What more information do you need? I - along with several others - gave you a number of recommendations as to which Kreise to look at. We/I also included links on where to look for shared apartments/a flatmate as well as to what range of monthly rents you can expect to pay for an apartment, depending on your expectations in terms of standard and size of the apartment from cheapest to more or less most expensive. I don't the slightest idea what else you want to read here.
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Lovely What more information do you need? I - along with several others - gave you a number of recommendations as to which Kreise to look at. We/I also included links on where to look for shared apartments/a flatmate as well as to what range of monthly rents you can expect to pay for an apartment, depending on your expectations in terms of standard and size of the apartment from cheapest to more or less most expensive. I don't the slightest idea what else you want to read here.
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